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INDIAN OCEAN (June 30, 2019) Lance Cpl. Mamie Barnhardt, an H-1 aircraft mechanic assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), services the tail rotor of an UH-1Y Venom aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Adam Dublinske
AI prize challenge offers $150,000 total cash prizes
SAN DIEGO - The Navy kicked off the Artificial Intelligence Applications to Autonomous Cybersecurity Challenge (AI ATAC), a prize competition seeking innovative machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) solutions for real-world cybersecurity challenges, July 8. Read more...
Vice President Mike Pence will visit San Diego this week.
Vice President Pence to visit San Diego bases
SAN DIEGO - Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit San Diego County this week, part of a three-day swing through California and Texas to visit constituents, military bases and immigrant detention centers.
Pence was expected to arrive in San Diego Wednesday night, then plans to visit Naval Amphibious Base Coronado on Thursday. While at the base, Pence is also expected to tour Coast Guard Cutter Munro.
Although Pence has not visited San Diego County in an official capacity since taking office in January 2017, he traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, located about 100 miles east of San Diego in Imperial County, in April 2018 to discuss immigration policy and view renovated areas of border fencing.
As of Armed Forces Dispatch’s press time Wednesday, Pence was schecduled to visit Vandenberg Air Force Base, where he planned to meet with senior officials to discuss space launch activities, space traffic management and ongoing efforts to establish a U.S. Space Force.
In a White House statement, Pence was scheduled to be briefed on launch operations at the Western Range. The base is the headquarters for the 30th Space Wing which manages Department of Defense space and missile testing, as well as satellite launches into polar orbit from the West Coast.
The vice president also will visit the Combined Space Operations Center, or CSpOC, where Air Force and allied space operators track all space activities and support military operations around the world.
Adm. Bill Moran out as Navy’s next CNO
Just 25 days before becoming the Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Bill Moran announced July 7 that he will retire.
Moran states in a prepared statememnt that he won’t become the next CNO and will retire due to “an open investigation” into e-mails he exchanged with a retired former staffer “who had while in uniform been investigated and held accountable over allegations of inappropriate behavior.”
Senior Pentagon officials confirmed that the former officer is Chris Servello, who investigators previously found had behaved inappropriately with female colleagues in 2016 while dressed as Santa Claus at a boozy Pentagon holiday party.
The current CNO, Adm. John Richardson, can stay on the job until mid-September if needed.
Do you want to be a career recruiter?
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy announced the convening of the Career Recruiter Force (CRF) selection board to allow select enlisted Sailors to serve as Navy recruiters in NAVADMIN 139/19, June 25.
NRL Tech Transfer Office forges collaboration with tech incubator
by By Jonathan B. Holloway, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Technology Transfer Office at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory forged a strategic partnership with 1776, the nation’s largest network of entrepreneurial incubators, to foster innovative-intellectual exchange and gainful collaborative agreements.
At 1776, promising tech-enabled startups, investors, corporate partners and government agencies in innovation-driven industries, collide in a central location where meaningful exchange between markets, talent and capital take place.
“This partnership will provide NRL scientists with the opportunity to engage with innovators and investors in the private sector,” said Amanda Horansky McKinney, head of NRL’s Technology Transfer Office. “NRL and tech startups are similar in their focus on cutting-edge technology and innovation, but an active, ongoing dialogue between our communities hasn’t yet existed.”
Gaining early visibility of new technology-driven markets can help NRL researchers understand the culture, mindset and tools tech startups use to think differently about the future — an advantage that can be leveraged in developing future naval capabilities....read more
Military couple assignment policy: 5 things to know
The Navy realizes how important families are, and when they're not whole it can add stress to a Sailor's life. Collocation of dual-military couples is part of supporting families. It is a priority, along with balancing fleet readiness. The revised policy updates the collocation and distribution procedures and makes orders negotiation less cumbersome........ read more
Navy Pregnancy and Parenthood mobile app available
"Pregnancy and parenthood can be compatible with a successful military career when Service members and the Command both understand their roles and responsibilities, said Capt. Candace Eckert, director of N1 Diversity. "This app makes that task easier by identifying regulations, instructions and references from a wide variety of sources and offering them in one easy-to-use app. The app includes information regarding assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct and much more." ......read more
To protect Sailors and Marines suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or any other diagnosed mental health condition, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has made his department the first in the military to assure such conditions are considered before separating a service member. ......read more
Del Mar is gearing up for its milestone 80th season brimming with weekend concerts and events that will bring thousands of locals and vacationers to the iconic seaside track for a spectacular summer scene.
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ARABIAN GULF (July 6, 2019) A formation of Avenger-class mine countermeasure ships USS Devastator (MCM 6), USS Gladiator (MCM 11), USS Sentry (MCM 3) and USS Dextrous (MCM 13) maneuver in the Arabian Gulf, July 6, 2019. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Antonio Gemma More.
China urges U.S. to ‘immediately
cancel’ sale of tanks, missiles to Taiwan
China is demanding that the United States scrap a plan to sell more than $2 billion worth of military hardware, including M1A2 Abrams tanks and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, to Taiwan.
Such a deal violates international law, norms of international relations, the “One China” policy and interferes in China’s internal affairs, undermining the nation’s sovereignty and security, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters July 9, according to the state-run Global Times newspaper.
U.S. missiles found in Libya compound belonged to France
PARIS - France’s Defense Ministry acknowledged July 10 that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military.
A statement said the missiles were originally intended to protect French anti-terrorism forces in Libya and so didn’t violate an arms embargo. It said they were damaged and no longer operational, and were put into storage for destruction.
The revelation risks being highly embarrassing for France, which has offered support for LNA leader Khalifa Hifter. Hifter controls much of eastern Libya and is fighting militias in Tripoli loosely allied to a weak, U.N.-backed government.
U.S. Special Operations Command isn’t launching an all-out assault on carbs in a war of nutrition.
Word that the Pentagon was set to mandate a low-carbohydrate, high-fat ketogenic diet for servicemembers spread like spilled avocado oil across the internet last week, with some respected outlets repeating the claim.
From the Pizza Hut in Bagram, Afghanistan, to the Subway at Eielson Air Force Base in North Pole, Alaska, no facility would be safe - if the premise of the reports was true.
USS America, USS New Orleans to forward deploy to Japan; USS Stethem, USS Wasp to return to U.S.
SASEBO, Japan - The Navy announced recently that amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and landing platform dock USS New Orleans (LPD 18) will become part of the U.S. 7th Fleet forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) in Sasebo, Japan. Guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) will shift its homeport to San Diego for its midlife modernization and amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) will shift its homeport to Norfolk to undergo scheduled maintenance.
Family PCS travel flexibility
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy has expanded the eligible categories for advanced dependent travel (ADT) and delayed dependent travel (DDT), personnel officials announced in September.
For permanent change of station (PCS) moves within the 50 states, the policy allows for dependent travel of up to six months before or after the sponsoring Sailor’s PCS move in the following situations: spousal employment or education, dependents in elementary or secondary school (K-12), dependent enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program, or caring for an immediate family member with a chronic or long-term illness. The previous approved policy that allowed DDT for the length of the school year is unchanged by this expansion.
For moves from the 50 states to overseas locations, only DDT will be authorized. For moves from overseas locations to the 50 states, only ADT will be authorized.
Sailors will only receive one housing allowance, either for their location or their dependent’s location, under delayed or advance travel. Sailors or dependents may be assigned government quarters if available, but may not displace a member or dependent in government housing.
Requests for DDT or ADT must be submitted to Navy Personnel Command (PERS-451).
For information and answers to questions on this policy, email NXAG_N130C@navy.mil.
SoCal military news
California State Route 178 SW of Trona, following the M7.1 earthquake. Road is now closed for repairs. USGS Photo
NEX China Lake, Calif., has opened a temporary store in the wake of the two earthquakes that shook Ridgecrest, Calif., on July 4 and 5. NEX China Lake sustained damage to the ceiling tiles and flooring and merchandise was knocked off shelves in many areas of the store. The Navy Exchange Service Command is comprised of 14,000 personnel worldwide facilitating six business lines, NEX retail stores, the Navy Lodge Program, Telecommunications Program Office, Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility, Ships Store Program and the Uniform Program Management Office. U.S. Navy photo by NEXCOM Public Affairs.
Earthquakes leave NS China Lake ‘not mission capable’
by Gidget Fuentes
SAN DIEGO - Two major earthquakes that struck Southern California late last week opened fault lines on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and prompted officials to evacuate residents. Since Saturday, the Navy testing installation has been declared “not mission capable until further notice.”
As of July 8, the Navy’s key research-and-development site for major aviation and weapons systems testing and evaluation remained off-limits to anyone but mission-essential personnel, as crews worked to inspect facilities at the sprawling installation complex.
China Lake, which covers 1.2 million acres of the Mojave desert, felt the brunt of the significant tremors, from the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck at the morning of July 4 to the scores of aftershocks and then a magnitude 7.1 earthquake on Friday evening.
U.S. Geological Survey experts identified the epicenters of the two largest tremors and countless others as occurring within the Navy installation. Navy personnel and California National Guard air crews assisted geologists in surveying the impacts of the tremors, which cracked paved roads, opened gashes across the desert area and shifted railroad tracks.
The weapons station, as well as nearby towns of Ridgecrest and Trona, saw scattered damage from the quakes but no deaths or major destruction.
As of Monday evening, China Lake officials had reported few details about effects to the weapons station and offered scant information in public updates posted on the weapons station’s official Facebook page. Basic services such as water and power have been restored in most areas of the base.
Marines offer up to $90K in bonuses for reenlistments
The Marine Corps is offering up to $90,000 in retention bonuses for high-demand career fields, including Raiders, reconnaissance and explosive ordnance disposal, as it seeks to retain young Marines with key skills.
The selective reenlistment bonuses for FY 2020 include incentives for aviation maintenance, air traffic controllers, infantry squad leaders and Marines willing to make a lateral move to select specialties such as intelligence and cyberdefense, a command bulletin issued Friday said.
“Retaining our experienced and qualified Marines remains one of the Commandant’s highest priorities,” it said. “Achieving retention goals is vital for shaping and sustaining the Marine Corps’ enlisted force.”
Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said in a letter last October that the Corps needed to recruit 38,500 new members to fill gaps in the ranks.
Navy SEAL acquitted of murder charges
SAN DIEGO - Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher was found not guilty last week of murdering a wounded enemy prisoner in Iraq.
Gallagher was acquiotted of murder, attempted murder and other charges. He was found guilty of one count related to posing with an enemy corpse.
Gallagher accepted his punishment - a reduction of a rank, loss of two-thirds of base pay for the next two months, and four months in custody, which he has already served.
United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.